Feds, Cops and Fox
Sleepy Hollow isn’t the only new broadcast series worthy of checking out this fall. Here, five more reasons to tune into the Big Four. (Caveat: Every show here could be canceled by Columbus Day.)
The Michael J. Fox Show
Thursday, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Americans rarely arrive at consensus on anything, but everyone who grew up on a diet of Family Ties, Teen Wolf and the Back to the Future franchise appreciates the unparalleled wonderfulness of Michael J. Fox. This is the monster comedy of the season. Caveat: How Sean Hayes landed the 9 p.m. slot is anyone’s guess, but it makes no sense.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tuesday, 8 p.m., ABC
At first blush, it would appear there’s so much going for this superseries that it simply may be too big to fail. A $1.5 billion box office pedigree, the Marvel Comics seal of approval and the participation of cult-TV guru Joss Whedon all point to a breakout hit. Caveat: To make this work, ABC must draw male fanboys, and thus far cross-promotion on corporate sibling ESPN has been practically invisible.
Monday, 10 p.m., CBS
This high-concept thriller stars Dylan McDermott as a rogue FBI agent who kidnaps a surgeon (Toni Collette) and her family in a bid to coerce her into using her scalpel to murder the president. Although it’s leading out of a potentially wobbly comedy block, this taut thriller can stand on its own merits. Caveat: See below.
Monday, 10 p.m., NBC
James Spader stars as an arrogant enigma (aka, a James Spader type) who agrees to help the FBI hunt down and capture a roster of goons, thugs and other rascals—providing that a young FBI profiler serves as his liaison to the agency. With The Voice as its lead-in, if this doesn’t bow to at least a 4.0, we’ll eat Spader’s hat. Caveat: See above.
Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Andy Samberg does his endearing goofball bit, playing a rebellious Brooklyn cop who locks horns with his by-the-book new captain (Andre Braugher). Parks and Recreation writers Dan Goor and Michael Schur created this consistently funny single-camera ensemble comedy. Caveat: Deserves a better lead-in than Dads.